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    RARE FOSSIL SQUID
    Phragmoteuthis conocauda
    Late Jurassic
    Lias Beds, Posidonienshiefer Formation, Holzmaden, Germany

    Comparatively little is known of the evolutionary history of the Squid and other non-belemnoid coleoid Cephalopods: the only parts of these odd-looking creatures usually preserved in the fossil record are the pen-shaped shells, or chitinous galdius, and even that rarely survives due to its fragile nature. However, the Lias Beds of Holzmaden shale, dating from the late Jurassic, contain spectacular and perfectly preserved fossils of various species of flora and fauna, including the ancient Squid. The present example is a particularly fine specimen, even by the standards of the area, with a complete outline from the pen to the splayed tentacles, and a profusion of shimmering, enamel-like little barbs. The body displays remarkable three-dimensionality and unusual creamy-gray coloring, and even the ink sac is present. A world-class example, it measures 10 inches long in a dark shale matrix 13 x 5ΒΌ inches.


    Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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